Category Archives: Advent – Preparing your Heart for Christmas

Advent {Dec 25} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Tuesday  December 25

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

 

Question: What can we give to God?  What should our attitude be when we give?

Daily Challenge (for the Day after Christmas)

Small Child:  God loves a cheerful giver.  Choose a toy that you don’t use anymore and cheerful put it in the “donate” box.

Student:  God loves a cheerful giver.  Choose a toy that you don’t use anymore and cheerful put it in the “donate” box.

Teen:  God loves a cheerful giver.  Choose something that you own that you don’t use much anymore and cheerful put it in the “donate” box. OR Volunteer for something today that will take a small amount of your time and cheerfully help the person in need (i.e. help someone clean up a mess)

Adult:  Purge your house and cheerfully give away all but your favorites to charity OR sign up to give your precious time to volunteer for a one-time event.  Cheerfully give your time.

Advent {Dec 24} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Monday December 24

1 Thessalonians 4:11

11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,

 

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  Find a picture of yourself in a photo album doing your favorite Christmas traditions.

Student:  Pick up a piece of litter today and throw it in the trash.  Even though we aren’t in Heaven, we can keep our home (earth) beautiful.

Teen/Adult:  Think of all the preparation for Christmas:  shopping, decorating, baking, etc.   It’s so easy to get caught up in all the activities that we forget that the REASON for all of this fuss is that we’re celebrating the birth of our Savior.  Keep the reason for the season in mind today as you bustle through last-minute preparations.

Advent {Dec 23} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Sunday December 23

Luke 2:7

and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  Ask your mom about your own birth story.

Student:  Ask your mom about your own birth story.  Learn about when and where you were born and how excited everyone was when they heard the news.

Teen:  What are some of the gifts that God has given us?  Are we as excited about God’s gifts for us as we are about earthly/material things?

Adult:  What was the biggest thing you were excited about today?  God loves for us to be joyful with the world He’s created for us.  Just remember that even on the worst day, we can still find something to be happy and excited about…that God is with us and will come again for us.

Advent {Dec 22} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Saturday December 22

Mark 1:35 

35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed

Question:  Have you asked Jesus to forgive you for your sin?

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  The next time that someone hurt you, forgive them by saying “I forgive you.”(even if they don’t say “Sorry” )

Student:  Write down a sin that you made.  Ask Jesus to forgive you and then rip it up and throw it away.

Teen:  Write down a sin that you made.  Ask Jesus to forgive you and then rip it up and throw it away.

Adult:  Write down a sin that you made.  Ask Jesus to forgive you and then rip it up and throw it away.  Then – make sure you let it go AND the burden with it.  God has forgiven you.  Make sure you accept the forgiveness and move on with a renewed heart.

 

 


Advent {Dec 21} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Friday December 21

Col 2:6  

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  Find three people to thank today for something they do for you.

Student:  Think of someone that you know who tries hard to act as God wants us to.  Give them a compliment today on something they do (i.e. Thanks Jeremy, you always wait for me)

Teen:  Think of someone that you know who tries hard to act as God wants us to.  Give them a compliment today on something they do (i.e. Thanks Jeremy, you’re always a good friend to me)

Adult:  Think of someone that you know who tries hard to act as God wants us to.  Give them a compliment today on something they do.

Advent {Dec 20} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Thursday December 20

Hebrews 3:7

7“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts

Question:  Is my heart, my life, like that inn – so crowded that there is no room for Jesus?

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  Be sure to thank God today for the best Christmas gift of all time…his son, Jesus.

Student:  Take a minute today to have some quiet.  (It’s hard with all of the excitement.)  Tell Jesus that you want to always have room for him in your heart.

Teen/Adult:  Do something small for yourself today to make your heart ready for Christmas.  Take a couple minutes alone to ask God to “clean” your heart and mind and open your eyes to the beauty of Christmas this year.  Watch for the magic of Christmas to appear around you

Advent {Dec 19} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Wednesday December 19

Galations 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  Think of someone you love and give them a big hug today.

Student:  Think of someone that you love.  Write a short note to them just to tell them that you love them. Put it under their pillow.

Teen:  Think of someone you love.  Send them a short e-mail or text note to tell them you were thinking about them today.

Adult:  Think of someone that you love.  Write a short note to them just to tell them that you love them. Put it in the mail or under their pillow.

Advent {Dec 18} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Tuesday December 18

Proverbs 5:21

21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.

Question:  What can we do to be more like Jesus?

Daily Challenge

Small Child:  Try to be VERY good today for one hour.

Student:  Think of something that you should avoid to keep your body and your mind pure. (TV programs, movies, or language to avoid)  Write yourself a sticky note to avoid it ONE time.  When you do, throw the note away.

Teen:  Think of something that you should avoid to keep your body and your mind pure. (TV programs, movies, language, in appropriate clothing) Write yourself a sticky note to avoid it ONE time.  When you do, throw the note away.

Adult:  Take a hard look at your lifestyle and habits.  Choose one thing that is making you impure and try to eliminate it this week from your life.

 

Advent {Dec 17} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Monday December 17

Col 3: 23-24 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the candy cane.  He began with a stick of pure white hard candy.  White to symbolize the sinless nature of Jesus; and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the church.  He made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the name of Jesus.  He then added the red stripes to symbolize the blood shed by Jesus on the cross.  Most people don’t know the story of the candy cane.

Question:  Who will you share the story with?

Daily Challenge

All:  Eat a candy cane sometime today.  While you’re tasting the peppermint, think about Jesus and what he did for us.  Thank him for saving us.

 

Advent {Dec 16} – Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Sunday December 16

Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,  I know that full well.

Daily Challenge

Small Child: Think of one of your talents.  Tell everyone about it tonight at dinner.

Student:  God gives us our talents:  being funny, being smart, being kindhearted, being tall, being a good problem solver.  Think of one of your God-given talents.  Tell everyone about it tonight.

Teen:  God gives us our talents:  being funny, being smart, being kindhearted, being tall, being a good problem solver.  Use one of your talents to help someone or do something nice for someone today.

Adult:  Have you identified your God-given talents?  Your friends can probably easily point them out.  Identify one of your talents that you are not using and find a way to use it today to help someone else.